All enterprises existing today are facing the need to establish a time-bound and time-relevant anti spam policy. In a study, 60% of all emails received last year were junk emails. The father of spam, Mr. Gary Thuerk sold $13 million (in 1978 US dollars) worth of Digital Equipment Corporation computers as the result of sending the world's first spam email through ARPANET, the Internet's predecessor. That was Mr. Thuerk's first and only incident of being a spammer, but that was enough to earn him the infamous title of being the father of spam.
According to the report of Spamhaus, a non-profit anti-cyber threat organization the United States is the country where most spam emails originated from, followed by China and Russia respectively. There is no going back regarding the increasing number of spam emails being generated year-on-year, all we can do is to establish effective anti spam policy that can counter the junk email problem for the long term. Short term anti spam policy is not sustainable, as frequent changes to it produce consistent results.
An effective anti spam policy in the enterprise saves a lot of money for the company, in terms of potentially lost productivity. Imagine a scenario in the office the moment an employee arrives at her desk, the first task in the morning is for her to manually delete junk emails from the mailbox. Multiply this same scenario for hundreds if not thousands of people employed in an office and the labor cost of spam grows exponentially. Such manual anti spam policy decreases employee productivity and promotes tolerance with spam instead of directly fighting it.
Humans manually setting-up anti spam filters as an anti spam policy is very inefficient since spam emails are no longer human-initiated these days. Botnets were invented by spammers in order to propagate junk emails. Botnets are composed of a mass group of computers, infected computers that automatically sends junk emails with their users not being aware of it. One example of a notorious botnet is Rustock, a world record holder of being the biggest botnet and sending 30 billion spam emails daily for 5 consecutive years until it was forcibly shut down by authorities. A manual anti spam policy can easily be defeated by such botnet.
Whether an organization uses Microsoft Outlook or opted to use its opensource counterpart, Mozilla Thunderbird, IT teams establishing an anti spam policy is as important as establishing a network diagram. It is well known that email clients like Outlook and Thunderbird includes a rudimentary built-in anti spam policy. The sophistication of the spam filter depends heavily on the version of the email client, the newer the client the better the filter. However, firms usually have a tight schedule when it comes to their software lifecycle. It not possible to keep-up with the latest version of email clients, as corporate software upgrade occurs in cycles 3 to 5 years apart.
The most cost effective anti spam policy is for an enterprise to acquire an anti spam hardware-appliance or a hosted anti-spam solution. This type of anti spam runs parallel with the mail server and transparent to the end-user. Through it, spam emails do not reach the user mailbox at all, it is filtered-out prior to delivery.
Comodo, a trusted name in privacy and security launched Comodo Dome Anti Spam. It is available as an onsite hardware-appliance or a hosted anti spam solution. The anti spam policy implemented by Comodo Dome Anti Spam is based-on the central management console controlled by the system administrators. The system blocks suspicious email attachments and malicious links inside emails. Preventing users from accidentally executing virus payloads that often comes with suspicious emails. Comodo Dome Anti Spam prevents outdated spam signatures, as it directly connects to the Comodo Cloud to keep itself updated in real time.
Secure your enterprise, secure your future, choose Comodo Anti Spam Gateway.
Sign-up for a trial today!
START YOUR FREE TRIAL TODAY